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Sing a song at twilight

Sleep, baby, sleep

Sleep, little seed

Sleep, O sleep!

Softly, softly rock

Star light, star bright

Stars of the summer night

Stars shining

Suliram

Sweep away

Sweet and low

 

Also see:

Maranoa lullaby an Aboriginal song

Last updated: 8/4/2019 10:10 AM

The songs below are compiled, illustrated and sometimes adapted by Dany Rosevear

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Sing a song at twilight 🔊

 

 


‘Just a song of twilight’ or Love’s own sweet song’ was written by J. L. Molloy 1884. The words here were adapted by Albert E. Wier in his wonderful anthology ‘Songs children love to sing’ published in 1916.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sing a song at twilight, when the lights are low;

And the flickering shadows, softly come and go,

Whipporwill’s a singing, robin’s in his nest.

May our song at twilight lull you to rest,

Lull you to sweet rest.


 

 

Sleep, baby, sleep 🔊

 

 


Words by Mabel F. Wilson to a German tune. From ‘Music Time 44 songs for young children’ published by OUP in 1961.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sleep, baby, sleep:

Your mother watch will keep.

The little birds have found their nest

And gently fold their wings to rest.

Sleep, baby, sleep.

 

Sleep, baby, sleep:

The stars begin to peep.

The fleecy lambs no longer play,

But dream of frolic another day.

Sleep, baby, sleep.


 

 

 

Sleep, little seed 🔊

 

 


A gentle song for the beginning of Spring.

Words and music by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sleep, little seed, when the wild winds blow;

Sleep, little seed, through the frost and snow;

Sleep, little seed, till the sun shines warm

Then rise little seed to greet the new dawn.

You may be a flower, you may be a tree,

You may be a pumpkin or a child just like me;

So sleep, little seed for as long as you may

To rise up and reach for the blue sky some day.


 

 

 

Sleep, O sleep! 🔊

 

 


From ‘Mother’s Nursery Songs’ written by Thomas Hastings and published in 1848; most of these songs are of their time when childhood deaths were common, as was the talk of the poor heathen child in other lands. They were written with the purpose of instilling good behaviour in the young child and were accompamied by a strong religious and moral fervour. This one, however, is quite wonderful and has just had minor adaptations made to the words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sleep, O sleep!

While breezes so softly are blowing;

Sleep, O sleep! 

While streamlets so gently are flowing.

Sleep, O sleep! Sleep, O sleep!

 

Sleep, O sleep!

While flocks in the meadows are straying,

Sleep, O sleep!

While lambkins are merrily playing,

Sleep, O sleep! Sleep, O sleep!

 

Sleep, O sleep!

While birds in the forests are singing,

Sleep, O sleep!

While echoes of music are ringing,

Sleep, O sleep! Sleep, O sleep!

 

Sleep, O sleep! 

While angels are watching beside thee,

Sleep, O sleep!

May blessings forever betide thee,

Sleep, O sleep! Sleep, O sleep!

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Softly, softly rock O

 

This lovely Austrian Christmas lullaby ‘Still, still, still, weil's Kindlein schlafen will’ is loosely translated by Helen Henschel in ‘A third sixty songs for little children’; It does not appear to be a familiar one but I have used it for Nativity plays throughout my teaching life. I have adapted two further verses as sung by Trinity Church in Boston, hopefully in the same tradition.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Softly, softly, rock my baby fast asleep.

The little stars look down from heaven,

Angels through the window peep,

So softly, softly rock my baby fast asleep.

 

Hush, hush, hush, hear the gently falling snow,

For all is quiet, the world is sleeping,

Stars above thy vigil keeping,

Hush, hush, hush, hear the gently falling snow,

 

Dream, dream, dream, my dearest little one.

While stars a-twinkling without number,

Watch you as you sweetly slumber,

Dream, dream, dream, my dearest little one.


 

Star light, star bright O

 

Wishing when we see a shooting or falling star is a lovely tradition, possibly one from ancient times, to pass on to our children. It is also a custom to wish as the first star of the evening appears.

This nursery rhyme has the Roud number #16339.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Star light, star bright,

First star I see tonight;

Wish I may, wish I might,

Have the wish I wish tonight.

 


 

 

Stars of the summer night 🔊

 

 


Words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, music by Isaac Baker Woodbury.

A poem for a lady and lover but with one word changed makes a beautiful lullaby. It can easily be modified for a baby boy  with ‘laddie’or just ‘baby’ and ‘he/him’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stars of the summer night,

Far in yon azure deep,

Hide, hide your golden light,

She sleeps, my lady sleeps.

She sleeps, she sleeps, my lady sleeps.

 

Moon of the summer night,

Far down yon western steeps

Sink, sink in silver light,

She sleeps, my lady sleeps.

She sleeps, she sleeps, my lady sleeps.

 

Wind of the summer night,

Where yonder woodbine creeps,

Fold, fold thy pinnions light,

She sleeps, my lady sleeps.

She sleeps, she sleeps, my lady sleeps.

 

Dreams of the summer night,

Tell her, her mother keeps,

Watch while in slumber light,

She sleeps, my lady sleeps.

She sleeps, she sleeps, my lady sleeps.


 

 

 

Stars shining O

 

A lullaby from Texas.

Ruth Crawford Seeger in ‘American Folk songs for children’ suggests counting other objects such as buttons and children.

 

For the words below open and close fists to show twinkling stars. Indicate numbers with fingers. Throw hands forward for ‘Good Lawd’ Move open hands from side to side for ‘by’m bye’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


By’m bye, by’m bye,

Stars shining, number number one,

Number two, number three,

Good Lawd, by’m bye, by’m bye, by’m bye,

Good Lawd, by’m bye.

 

By’m bye, by’m bye,

Stars shining, number number four,

Number five, number six,

Good Lawd, by’m bye, by’m bye, by’m bye,

Good Lawd, by’m bye.

 

By’m bye, by’m bye,

Stars shining, number number seven,

Number eight, number nine, number ten,

Good Lawd, by’m bye, by’m bye, by’m bye,

Good Lawd, by’m bye.

 

 

 


 

 

Suliram 🔊

 

 


An Indonesian folk song. Pete Seeger felt this song needed no translation but I rather liked the one below written by Marc Merson which can be found in Tony Saleton’s book ‘Singing down the road’ published in 1977.

Find more at: https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=33967

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Suliram, suliram, ram, ram,

Suliram, yang manis,

Adu hai indung suh oorang.

Bidjakla sana dipandang manis.

 

Tingi la, tingi, si mataha ri, Suliram,

Anakla koorbau mati toortambat, Suliram,

Sudala lama saiya menchari.

Baruse klarung sa ya mendabat.

 

Suliram, suliram, ram, ram,

Suliram, rest now, my child,

As the earth awaits the cooling shower,

So sleep is waiting for you, my little flower. / my little one.

 

Shadows are tempting, they want you to play, Suliram,

Whispering, “Come with us, come far away.”Suliram,

But shadows fly off beyond the furthest sea,

And when you waken, you’ll still be here with me.

 

La suliram, suliram, ram, ram.

Suliram yang manis,

Adu hai indung suh oorang.

Bidjakla sana dipandang manis.


 

 

Sweep away 🔊

 

 


A lovely Creole lullaby from Louisiana. Here, as in several cultures, the turtle represents planet earth and is a creature aware of everything around itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sweep, sweep, sweep away,

Sweep the road of dreams;

People say that in the night

The turtle will talk it seems,

The turtle will talk it seems.


 

 

 

Sweet and low 🔊

 

 


A lullaby by Lord Alfred Tennyson, music by Joseph Barnby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sweet and low, sweet and low,

Wind of the western sea,

Low, low, breathe and blow,

Wind of the western sea!

Over the rolling waters go,

Come from the dying moon, and blow,

Blow him again to me;

While my little one, while my pretty one, sleeps.

 

Sleep and rest, sleep and rest,

Father will come to thee soon;

Rest, rest, on mother's breast,

Father will come to thee soon;

Father will come to his babe in the nest,

Silver sails all out of the west

Under the silver moon:

Sleep, my little one, sleep, my pretty one, sleep.


 

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